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Dolphin Tale 2

Drama . Family

The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.

Actors: Austin Highsmith , Austin Stowell , Julia Winter , Bethany Hamilton , Kris Kristofferson , Harry Connick Jr. , Cozi Zuehlsdorff , Nathan Gamble , Ashley Judd , Morgan Freeman
Directors: Charles Martin Smith
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-12
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  • Marc Mohan

    The actual video footage of some of the incidents recreated in the film, which play with the end credits, makes it clear that sometimes reality can be as hokey as fiction.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Graham Fuller

    No one over age 10 will flip for this sequel to the 2011 hit “Dolphin Tale.” But that doesn’t mean only kids will enjoy this gentle, moving family drama.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Its sweet nature combined with its strong messages about responsibility and empathy make it feel like something family audiences in particular should enjoy.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    Dolphin Tale 2 tries to do too much, with too many stories shoehorned in, but the overall effect is emotional and sweet. Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Informative, morally complex and supremely well-intentioned, it generally sidesteps sentimentality for appealingly straightforward storytelling.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Even in strained moments, there is a sincerity to Dolphin Tale 2, an ambition to be more than an easy sequel, making it satisfying.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    A well-crafted family flick that gets the job done, then gets out of the way.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    For the right age group, though, the film hits its marks: It’s wholesome, engaging and rife with impressive aquatic photography.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The whole thing just works; the film gets pretty close to the Platonic ideal of accessible but still meaningful edutainment. And in a movie landscape that's aggressively dumbed down and cynical, a little integrity goes a long way.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Blissfully swimming against the hyperactive kidpic tide, Dolphin Tale 2 gently peddles inspirational life lessons while respecting both its characters and its audience.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Even more so than last time out, Smith focuses a great deal of attention on the details—the day-to-day minutiae of the facility’s rescue and rehab work that elevate what could have otherwise been another well-intentioned but soggy fish-out-of-water yarn.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Dolphin Tale 2 is a singularly honest animal film: It never insists that Winter wouldn't prefer to be elsewhere . . . or that what she feels for them has anything to do with what we think of as love.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Charming, emotionally resonant, yet nowhere as fresh and dramatic as its predecessor.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    This second film is again heartwarming and includes some nice performances from Connick, Gamble and Morgan Freeman.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Some angst away from the dolphin tank feels like padding, but there’s enough bona fide narrative to please tomorrow’s marine biologists and their parents.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Sandie Angulo Chen

    The gentle pacing of the film is too laid-back at times, particularly in a few overlong underwater swimming scenes that start out lovely but conclude as apparent filler material. But that’s a small quibble with a movie that’s this sweet and cheesy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    A family flick that punches the right buttons like a trained seal.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Writer-director Charles Martin Smith's tin ear for dialogue and contrived symbolism is as unmistakable as his enormous heart.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Life lessons are learned, children do some growing up, nothing too terribly upsetting happens, and the corniness is, mostly, kept to tolerable levels.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jason Clark

    This is innocuous, heart-in-the-right-place family fare, but its well-earned points about animal rights and preservation would be better taken if the relentless sentimentality didn't force viewers into flippers-in-the-air submission.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    It's a strain to poke fun at Dolphin Tale 2. Even more than the very solid first film, this is cynicism-free cinema; a place where snark goes to die. But while the wholesomeness, PG-rating positivity and conservation goals remain a strong selling point, the story simply isn't as good as the first one.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    Dolphin Tale 2 is kind of infuriating, mostly because it tries to so hard to be innocuous.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Even for a movie about complying with USDA regulations, Dolphin Tale 2 is a little lacking in excitement.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Smith peoples the film with the same cast, including Kris Kristofferson as Hazel’s grandpa and Tom Nowicki as the aquarium’s benefactor. There just isn’t enough for them all to do. Freeman gets the few funny lines, which are all the same.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Although children may enjoy the animal action (there's also a fun pelican and a yellow sea turtle) and parents might appreciate the movie's genuinely sweet moments, this is exceedingly mild entertainment.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • William Goss

    It’s all so quaint to the point of being anachronistic, and considering the dearth of truly family-friendly fare in the marketplace, it arrives just in time to hold wee ones and their parents over until "The Boxtrolls" arrives at month’s end.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Dolphin Tale 2 makes audiences wade through endless oceans of tedium for those scattered, fleeting moments of grace.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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